Manqoba dedicates goals to co-coaches


Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Manqoba Mngqithi dedicated his side's goals to fellow coaches Rhulani Mokwena and Steve Komphela.

The Brazilians netted two second half goals through Lyle Lakay and Themba Zwane to get over the line following a goalless first half in Polokwane.

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Baroka goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke made countless saves in both halves, as Masandawana continuously bombarded the hosts.

“I told you before they are a very dangerous team on transition. Every time they break out it is a nerve wrecking situation because the front-three is very quick and dynamic and we knew those moments would come,” Mngqithi told SuperSport TV.

“Mosele is always in control of these situations in the heart. I believe Gebhardt and Mphahlele also came in as full-backs and really put a lot of strain on us.

“But I still believe in the first half we got some moments where we really could… because when we score a goal, we know the game will be a little bit more open and it would even give us a chance to get more I believe we could.

“Masuluke also made some very good saves, he must be given credit for that but it was never going to be an easy game. It is never easy against Baroka, these guys always create problems for us, and it’s even worse when you are getting chances and not scoring them,” Mngqithi added.

An area that’s pleased Mngqithi greatly is seeing how good the side has come with set-pieces this season and credits fellow coaches Rhulani Mokwena and Steve Komphela.

“One, we have improved tremendously on set-pieces. These guys are very good on set-pieces and we have always known if we give them a chance they got good delivery and they’re really aggressive in attacking the ball.

“Shozi is not the tallest, but he really goes. Also, I must say I’m very pleased with our build-ups and also give credit to the coaching department. I think they have worked very hard on the team.

“I was not around because I was also attending a funeral in the family, but they really pushed themselves to the limit and they worked very hard.

“Coach Rhulani, Steve, I think these goals can be dedicated to the two of them and Meshack could be left with nothing,” he said.